When General Manager Ozzie Newsome last addressed the status of the Ravens’ left tackle spot, he said that the team was going to roll with Kelechi Osemele if Bryant McKinnie does not wind up re-signing with the team.
Osemele says that he’s comfortable with the move since he played left tackle in college before playing right tackle and left guard for the Ravens after they picked him in the second round last season. His comfort with the position doesn’t mean that it would be the first choice, however. He said moving to guard was “a natural move” that suited his build and playing style well and that he’d like to see the team bring McKinnie back into the fold.
“I’d love to have him back here,” Osemele said, via the team’s website. “He’s a great asset to our team, he’s a powerful weapon to have, especially with the both of us on the same side. If we could repeat that, that would be good. But I trust Ozzie and those guys, they know what they’re doing.”
Osemele’s versatility is a tool that Newsome figures to use to his advantage as he puts the pieces of the offensive line in place. There won’t likely be any movement on the McKinnie front until after the draft, so it’s worth watching to see if any Ravens picks tip the hand toward their ultimate decision.